Sujatha Vidyalaya, standing tall
Getting away from the busy city life of Colombo, driving along High
Level Road, from Nugegoda, nobody can miss the school which needs no
introduction. It is none other than Sujatha Vidyalaya which has
continued to remain the undisputed educational giant for decades.
A view of the school
This year marks a major milestone in the history of the school, which
celebrates the Golden Jubilee beginning June 1 2015-2016.
Sujatha Vidyalaya with its proud beginnings, wonderful present and a
hopeful future has made a remarkable contribution to education, as is
evident from the series of events carried out to commemorate the
anniversary. Celebrations were held throughout the period, beginning
with the Pirith ceremony.
Since the inception of the school, the Sinhala Buddhist culture
continued to be nourished and subsequently, enriched with the passage of
Sujatha Vidyalaya is a school founded on the noble principles of
Buddha Dhamma named after the gracious lady, Princess Sujatha (Situ Duwa)
who offered milk rice to the Buddha before he attained enlightenment.
The promotion of Buddhist cause was nothing new to the founder, the late
Linton Kuruppu during whose regime the school enjoyed the eminent
reputation of being a leading Buddhist school.
Ven. Galaboda Gnanissara Thera, ceremonially opening the statue of
the founder, the late Linton Kuruppu, said, a school with small
beginnings through the years, has come a long way and today stands tall
among all other schools, including international schools.
The next event was the Sujatha Golden Parade and the mini carnival,
held on August 1 2015, with the participation of the Managing Director,
the Principal, the two vice Principals, sectional Heads and members of
the School Development Society.
The carnival was fantastic with trade stalls of various items, games
and other activities. It was aimed at inspiring Sujathians to a lifelong
love for education, guiding them to step into the world with courage and
Another event was the Sujatha Walk, commencing from the main entrance
of the school, and proceeding up to the BRC Grounds, Colombo. Around
3,000 participated, comprising the Principals, staff and students, past
Principals, past pupils, parents and well wishers.It is not all, the
Prize Giving and the Sports Meet were held with splendour, depicting the
Golden Jubilee spirit everywhere.
The primary school prize giving 'Achievers Day' was held at
Navarangahala displaying the history of the school to upcoming
Sujathians in a true Jubilee garb.
Sujatha Vidyalaya, during its long history of five decades is blessed
with a countless number of past pupils, many of whom have reached the
highest level in the professional field not only in Sri Lanka, but all
over the globe.
The glittering dinner dance celebrated in gala fashion by the Past
Pupils' Association was truly a memorable event and a fitting occasion
to honour their Alma Mater in recognition of five decades of excellence
in education, recollecting the sweet fragrance of the days gone by, at
their Alma Mater. Sujatha Vidyalaya gives prominence to Buddhist
tradition and moral values. Dhamma sermons, sil campaigns, Pindapatha
wadeema, donations to the cancer hospital and elders' homes and Bakthi
Gee performed in a spirit of mutual affection and goodwill are some of
the regular events. This year, to mark the Founders Day, the school
issued a Golden Jubilee Commemorative stamp, inaugurated by the Chief
Guest, Minister of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs,
Abdul Haleem. Managing Director, Lakshman Kuruppu, in his eloquent
speech illustrated how Sujatha climbed the ladder to reach the summit of